I have been absent for quite some time. The reason is simple. Once I solved the past Xubuntu problems everything worked just fine. That's how it should be. :-)
However the quiet and cosy times are almost over. Xubuntu 12.04 LTS support will end in April 2015. You can say:"That's almost a year away! Easy going!"
But I will be in winter at my parents place and in advance I have to solve upcoming issues, so that I can migrate my parents PC without any accidents.
Between several options I have to choose:
1. Instant upgrade from 12.04 LTS to 14.04 LTS
Possible, but I do not like inplace upgrades of operating systems. When I used in the past Windows it was always a bad idea and with Linux it's just a little bit better. Too many complications can occur.
2. Fresh installation of Xubuntu 14.04 LTS
This would be the typical way. Nevertheless Xubuntu has still just 3 years of support. So I have only a pause of 2 years before evaluating a new version. I prefer lightweighted operating systems because all three PCs that I administer are one notebook and two nettops. Lubuntu would be great, but it has also just 3 year support.
3. Migration to LTS version with 5 year support
This would give me a pause of 4 years. Sounds great! 5 year support have only: Ubuntu Desktop, Ubuntu Server, Ubuntu Core, Kubuntu, Edubuntu, and Ubuntu Kylin
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS TrustyTahr - ReleaseNotes
That made me very disappointed, because Ubuntu Desktop and Kubuntu are not what I am looking for. They feel and are to heavy for my hardware. So I had to look for alternatives. My current search took me to Linux Mint. There needs to be a reason, why Linux Mint is now for over a year first ranked at DistroWatch.
Linux Mint 17 “Qiana” will be finalized end of May. Specially the MATE version looks interesting and suitable for me needs. It seems to be lightweighted and has 5 year support.
I keep you in touch!